10 Tasting Notes
This is my second time trying this. I like the taste. With this steeping time, it was on the edge of being bitter, but not quite. I like Darjeeling a little strong, but although I like this tea, it lacks something that other Darjeelings have. I can’t quite place it. It just seems a little bland, but still good.
I steeped this for about 6 minutes. It was really good. I previously drank Guayaki Yerba Mate, which is really good as well, but La Merced’s is less bitter. Guayaki tends to be very “woody” and “dirty.” That’s not necessarily bad to me, but after drinking this tea – it’s just smoother. Good stuff.
I steeped this tea for 7-8 minutes and I think it is a perfect steeping duration. It is a perfect mix of lemon and ginger in nose and flavor. It is a very warming herbal tea (due to ginger) and tastes light on the front end (for this steeping time) and has heavy flavor on the back end. I drink this tea with a bit of stevia, which makes it a perfect nighttime treat. I’ll probably keep this steeping time. I usually go with a little less time (about 5 min.). Upping it was definitely the way to go.
I was given this tea a while back from a friend. There is apparently some kind of diet tea system through this brand. Although I have no idea about that, I do like the teas that she gave me – some better than others. This tea has a pretty good flavor, but the water was not hot enough. I used about 150 degree water, which is much too low for this tea. I steeped it at 3 minutes. The flavor was still there – not a strong peach flavor, which is good. I definitely need to raise the water temperature and steep for 2-3 minutes.
This is my favorite basic black tea. I use it for morning breakfast w/ milk, sun tea with herbs, and anytime I need to add a black tea to a drink. Being from the South (US) and having grown up on Lipton and Luzianne, I get flak for drinking a commercial English black tea. However, it is superior in many ways. It makes great sun, iced, or hot tea. There is no other basic black tea like it.